Pop superstar Demi Lovato has opened up about their non-binary identity and future gender journey in a brand new interview.
During their appearance at the 19th Represents Summit, Lovato revealed that the coronavirus pandemic had inspired their coming out journey.
“So, it’s interesting, because in the beginning it had nothing to do with it, or I would say,” they explained. “But actually, it had everything to do with it, because in the beginning, going into March of 2020, I was starting to identify as non-binary.”
They went on to say that their relationship with their former fiancé Max Ehrich led to them “ignoring” parts of themselves.
After their relationship ended with Ehrich, Lovato described it as the “best thing that ever happened to them” because it helped re-start their gender journey.
“I was able to stand on my own two feet without needing someone else to validate me or to make me feel accepted. And when I said goodbye to that relationship, I also said goodbye to everything that was holding me back from being my most authentic self,” they revealed.
“And I really started to identify with close friends and family as non-binary towards the end of last year. And yeah, it was the dissolvement of all things that held me back from identifying as the person I do today.”
Towards the end of the summit, Lovato revealed that their gender journey is far from over.
“I definitely think it’s a journey forever. There might be a time where I identify as trans. I don’t know what this looks like for me. There might be a time where I identify as non-binary and gender-nonconforming my entire life,” the singer-songwriter explained.
“Or maybe there’s a period of time when I get older that I identify as a woman, I don’t know what that looks like, but for me in this moment right now, this is how I identify.”
“And I have a feeling that it’s not going to ever go back to one way or the other, but I just, it’s about keeping it open and free and just I’m a very fluid person, and so that goes with how I express myself as well.”
The Sorry Not Sorry singer, who uses they/them pronouns, first came out as non-binary back in May in a heartfelt social media post.
“Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all – I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary & will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward,” they wrote.
Check out their interview at the 19th Represents Summit below.